Every autumn, when the air gets crisp and a fresh cohort of college kids descends upon the city, Belle & Sebastian start sneaking their way up my iTunes most played list. So it seemed like a great cosmic coincidence when an advance copy of Belle & Sebastian's BBC Sessions (Matador) hit my inbox just in time for the start of the new season.
Due out November 18, BBC Sessions is a collection of songs recorded by Belle & Sebastian during trips to the Beeb between 1996 and 2001. It's great, and it reminds me that what I love about frontman Stuart Murdoch and his band of demure Scots is how they perfectly capture a particular and precious collegiate lifestyle that, frankly, I still miss every year around this time.
Belle & Sebastian's best work-songs like the delicately spiteful "Stars Of Track And Field" and the wistful tabloid fantasy "Piazza, New York Catcher"--are simple but lush, fey but fork-tongued. That combination of intellectual insolence and emotional insecurity is, I suspect,Read More »from Back To School With Belle & Sebastian